The Museum of Modern Art Library is a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art. The noncirculating collection documents painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, architecture, design, performance, video, film, and emerging art forms from 1880 to the present. The Library’s holdings include approximately 300,000 books and exhibition catalogs, over 1,000 periodical titles, and over 40,000 files of ephemera about individual artists and groups.
DADABASE is the catalogue of The Museum of Modern Art Library and Study Centers. DADABASE includes records for all material in the Library, including books, periodical titles, exhibition catalogues, pamphlet files, artists’ books, special collections materials, and electronic resources. Primary source collections are held by the Museum Archives, a separate department. The Library is a founding member of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC).
The library is open to all researchers, though elementary and secondary students are advised to start their research at school and public libraries.
The MoMA Manhattan Library is open to the public Tuesday–Friday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., by appointment or via library card.
The Library is closed during the month of August and for two weeks in December.
All Library materials, regardless of location, require paging a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Specifically, you may request up to 10 items by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday for delivery at 11:00 a.m. the following day. Items requested by 10:00 a.m. Friday or 10:00 a.m. Monday will be delivered at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Most materials located at the MoMA QNS Library are now available by request for use at the MoMA Manhattan Library.
For researchers without library cards, contact the Library.
The MoMA Manhattan Library is located in The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building at 4 West 54 Street, part of the Museum campus in midtown Manhattan.
For more about the Libraries, including check-in and paging procedures, see the FAQs. Please note that updates are in progress.
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The Library Reading Room in The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. Photo by Laurie Lambrecht